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2017 and In Press

  • Gillmeister, H., Bowling, N., Rigato, S., & Banissy, M.J. (In Press). Inter-individual differences in vicarious tactile perception: A view across the lifespan in typical and atypical populations. Multisensory Research. [PDF].
  • Janik-McErlean, A., Susilo, T., Rezlescu, C, Bray, A., & Banissy, M.J. (In Press). Social perception in synaesthesia for colour. Cognitive Neuropsychology. [PDF]
  • Bowling, N. & Banissy, M. J. (2017). Emotion expression modulates perception of animacy from faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 71, 83-95. [PDF].
  • Schaal, N.K., Pollock, B., & Banissy, M.J. (2017). Hemispheric differences between left and right supramarginal gyrus for pitch and rythym memory. Scientific Reports, 7:42456. doi: 10.1038/srep42456. [PDF].
  • Janik-McErlean, A., & Banissy, M.J. (2017). Colour processing in synaesthesia: What synaesthesia can and cannot tell us about mechanisms of colour processing. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9(1):215-227.


  • Janik-McErlean, A., & Banissy, M.J. (2016). Examining the relationship between schizotypy and self-reported visual imagery vividness in grapheme-colour synaesthesia. Front. Psychol, 7:131. [PDF].
  • Thompson, N., Di Bernardi Luft, C & Banissy, M.J. (2016). Empathy. In Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition and Character, Edited by J. Cloutier and J. Absher. Elsevier.
  • Yang, T., & Banissy, M.J. (2016). Empathy and aging: Mechanisms of empathy throughout adulthood. In Psychology and Neurobiology of Empathy, Edited by D.F. Watt and J. Panksepp. Nova.
  • De Guzman, M., Bird, G., Banissy, M.J., & Catmur, C. (2016). Self-other control processes in social cognition: From imitation to empathy. Philos Transactions R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 371 (1686). [PDF].
  • Cioffi, M.C., Banissy, M.J., & Moore, J.W. (2016). ‘Am I moving?’ An illusion of  agency and ownership in mirror-touch synaesthesia. Cognition, 146, 426-430.


  • Janik, A.B., Rezlescu, C., & Banissy, M. J. (2015). Enhancing anger perception with transcranial alternating current stimulation induced gamma oscillations. Brain Stimulation, 8, 1138-1143. [PDF].
  • Sowden, S., Wright, G.R.T., Banissy, M.J., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2015). Transcranial current stimulation of the temporoparietal junction improves lie detection. Current Biology, 25, 2447-2451. [PDF].
  • Santiesteban, I., Banissy, M.J., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2015). Functional Lateralization of Temporoparietal Junction - Imitation Inhibition, Visual Perspective Taking and Theory of Mind. European Journal of Neuroscience, 42, 2527-2533. [PDF].
  • Santiesteban, I., Bird, G., Tew, O., Cioffi, M., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). Mirror-touch synaesthesia: Difficulties inhibiting the other. Cortex, 71, 116-121. [PDF].
  • Ward, J., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). Explaining mirror-touch synaesthesia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 6, 118-133.
  • Schaal, N.K., Javadi, A.J., Halpern, A.R., Pollock, B., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). Right parietal cortex mediates recognition memory for melodies. European Journal of Neuroscience, 42, 1660-1666. [PDF].
  • Rezlescu, C., Penton, T., Walsh, V., Tsujimura, H, Scott, S., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). Dominant voices and attractive faces: How voice impressions combine with face impressions to form an integrated person perception. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 39, 355-370. [PDF].
  • Romanska, A., Rezlescu, C., Susilo, T., Duchaine, B., & Banissy, M.J. (2015).  High frequency transcranial random noise stimulation enhances perception of facial identity. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 4334-4340. [PDF].
  • Hogeveen, J., Obhi, S.S., Banissy, M.J., Santiesteban, I., Press, C., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2015). Task-dependent and distinct roles of the temporoparietal junction and inferior frontal cortext in the control of imitation. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 1003-1009. [PDF].
  • Schaal, N.K., Krause, V., Lange, K., Banissy, M.J., Williamson, V.J., & Pollock, B. (2015). Pitch Memory in non-musicians and musicians: Revealing functional differences using transcranial direct current stimulation. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 2774-2782. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M., Cohen Kadosh, R., Jonas, C., eds. (2015). Synaesthesia. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-559-6 [PDF].
  • Menouti, K., Akiva-Kabiri, L., Banissy, M.J., & Stewart, L. (2015). Timbre-colour synaesthesia: Exploring the consistency of associations based on timbre.  Cortex, 63, 1-3.
  • Schaal, N.K., Banissy, M.J., & Lange, K. (2015). The rhythm span task: Comparing memory capacity for musical rhythms in musicians and non-musicians. Journal of New Music Research, 44(1), 3-10. [PDF].
  • Schaal, N.K., Williamson, V.J., Kelly, M., Muggleton, N.G., Pollock, B., Krauses, V., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). A causal involvement of the left supramarginal gyrus during the retention of musical pitches. Cortex, 64, 310-314. [PDF].


  • Banissy MJ, Jonas C and Cohen Kadosh R (2014). Synesthesia: An introduction. Front. Psychol. 5:1414. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01414 [PDF].
  • Di Bernardi Luft, C., Pereda, E., Banissy, M.J., & Bhattachayra, J. (2014). Best of both worlds: Promise of combining brain stimulation and brain connectome. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8:132. [PDF].
  • Cioffi MC, Moore JW, & Banissy MJ (2014) What can mirror-touch synaesthesia tell us about the sense of agency? Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:256. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00256. [PDF].
  • Muggleton, N.G, & Banissy, M.J. (2014). Culture and Cognition. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 1-2. [Edited Special Volume]. 
  • Mahayana IT, Banissy MJ, Chen C, Walsh V, Juan C, & Muggleton NG (2014). Motor Empathy is a Consequence of Misattribution of Sensory Information in Observers. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:47. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00047 [PDF].


  • Banissy, M. J., Tester, V., Muggleton. N.G., Janik, A., Davenport, A., Franklin, A., Walsh, V., & Ward, J. (2013). Synaesthesia for colour is linked to improved colour perception, but reduced motion perception. Psychological Science, 24, 2390-2397. [PDF].
  • Schaal, N.K., Williamson, V.J., & Banissy, M.J. (2013). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the supramarginal gyrus facilitates pitch memory. European Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 3513-3518. [PDF].
  • Holle, H., Banissy, M.J., Ward, J (2013). Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia. NeuroImage, 83, 1041-1050. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M.J. (2013). Synaesthesia, mirror neurons and mirror-touch. In J. Simner & E. Hubbard (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia Oxford: Oxford University Press. [PDF].
  • Tsujimura, H., & Banissy, M.J. (2013). Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players. Biology Letters, 9, 20130140. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M.J. & Muggleton, N.G. (2013). Beyond inhibition: Exploiting the potential of state-dependency in cognitive and therapeutic TMS studies. In L. Alba-Ferrara (Eds.) Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Methods, Clinical Uses and Effects on the Brain. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Banissy, M.J., & Muggleton, N. G. (2013). Transcranial direct current stimulation in sports training: Potential approaches. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 7:129. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00129 [PDF].
  • Banissy, M.J., Holle, H., Cassell, J., Annett, L.E., Walsh, V., Spiller, M.J., Tsakanikos, E., & Ward, J. (2013). Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: Do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile. Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 54, Issue 7, 828-831. [PDF].
  • Maister, L., Banissy, M.J., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). Mirror-touch synaesthesia changes representations of self-identity. Neuropsychologia, 51, 802–808. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M.J. & Ward, J. (2013). Mechanisms of self-other representations and vicarious experiences of touch in mirror-touch synesthesia. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 7:112. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00112 [PDF].


  • Santiesteban, I, Banissy, M.J., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2012). Enhancing Social Ability by Stimulating Right Temporoparietal Junction. Current Biology, 22 (23), 2274-2277. [PDF].
  • Kanai, R., Bahrami, B., Duchaine, B., Janik, A., Banissy, M.J., & Rees, G. (2012).  Brain structure links loneliness to social perception. Current Biology, 22 (20), 1975-1979. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J., Walsh, V., & Muggleton, N. G. (2012). A disruption of colour priming following continuous theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation. Cortex, Volume 48 (10), 1359-1361. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M.J., Kanai, R., Walsh, V., & Rees, G. (2012). Inter-individual differences in empathy are reflected in human brain structure. NeuroImage, 62, 2034-2039. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J., Cassell, J., Fitzpatrick, S., Ward, J., Walsh, V., Muggleton, N. G. (2012). Increased positive and disorganised, but not negative, schizotypy in synaesthetes who experience colour from letters and tones. Cortex, 48, 1085-1087. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J.,  Annett, L. E., Asiedu-Offei, P., Rosch, R., & Gurd, J. M. (2012). Left, right, hand ‘n space. In J. Dunham & J. Davenport (Eds) Handedness: Theories, Genetics, and Psychology (pp 109-122). Nova Science Publishers. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J., Stewart, L., Griffiths, T., Muggleton, N. G., Walsh, V., Ward, J., Kanai, R. (2012). Grapheme-color and tone-color synaesthesia is associated with structural brain changes in visual regions implicated in colour, form and motion. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 29-35. [PDF]


  • Banissy, M. J., Walsh, V. Z., Muggleton, N. G. (2011). Mirror-touch synaesthesia: A case of faulty self-modelling and insula abnormality. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 114-115.
  • Holle, H., Banissy, M. J., Wright, T., Bowling, N., & Ward, J. (2011). “That’s not a real body”: Identifying stimulus qualities that modulate synaesthetic experiences of touch. Consciousness & Cognition, 20, 720-726. [PDF].
  • Muggleton, N. G., Banissy, M. J., Walsh, V. Z. (2011). Cognitive Neuroscience: Feedback for natural visual stimuli. Current Biology, 21, R282-283.
  • Banissy, M. J., Garrido, L., Kusnir, F., Duchaine, B., Walsh, V, & Ward, J. (2011). Superior facial expression, but not identity recognition, in mirror-touch synaesthesia. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 1820-1824. [PDF].

2010 and before

  • Banissy, M. J., Sauter, D. A., Ward, J, Warren, E., Walsh, V., & Scott, S. (2010). Suppressing sensorimotor activity modulates the discrimination of auditory emotions but not speaker identity. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 13552-13557. [PDF].
  • Kanai, R., Banissy, M. J. (2010). Are two heads better than one? Scientific American:
  • Banissy, M. J., Walsh, V., & Ward, J.  (2009). Enhanced sensory perception in synaesthesia. Experimental Brain Research, 196, 565-571.
  • Banissy, M. J., Cohen Kadosh, R., Maus, G., Walsh, V., & Ward, J.  (2009). Prevalence, characteristics, and a neurocognitive model of mirror-touch synaesthesia. Experimental Brain Research, 198, 261-272. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J., & Ward, J. (2008).  On being moved: From mirror neurons to empathy.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13, 50-51.
  • Ward, J., Banissy, M. J., & Jonas, C. (2008).  Haptic perception in synaesthesia. In Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications, Edited by M.Grunwald. Birkhäuser, Basel. [PDF].
  • Banissy, M. J., & Ward, J. (2007).  Mirror-touch synaesthesia is linked with empathy. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 815-816. [PDF].